The new Mississippi state flag will feature magnolia flowers after the state in a historic move this summer parted with its decades-old banner that includes the Southern Union battle emblem.
Sixty-eight percent of voters approved the “In God We Trust”; magnolia design as the state’s new flag, while 32% voted against it, according to CNN predictions.
The state Legislature will now have to issue a new design as the official Mississippi flag at its next regular session in 2021.
The flag features a white magnolia flower on a dark blue background, with red and yellow stripes – matching the southern state nicknamed the Bang Magnolia, the state’s magnolia flower and the state’s magnolia tree lan.
The flower is surrounded by 20 stars, denoting Mississippi status as 20th in the alliance, and a gold five-point star to reflect the Native tribes of Mississippi.
Mississippi was the last state of the country to have the flag adopted in 1894, including the emblem of the Confederation of the South.
Proponents of the change of the flag have argued that the Confederate insignia was a reminder of the American war to maintain slavery and a painful symbol for black Americans. They also claimed that the 1894 flag hindered the state’s economic growth.